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The Louisiana Department of Education and the NOLA Public Schools district are ready to be released from a five-year-old federal consent judgment that requires additional and in-depth oversight of special education admissions and services at the city’s charter schools, according to independent monitors who oversee the judgment.

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A week after the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office announced that there were no known cases of coronavirus at the New Orleans jail, a man being held at the facility collapsed and was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Tuesday confirmed that he was positive for COVID-19 at the time of his death.

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A little after 10 a.m. Monday morning, the First City Court of New Orleans granted an eviction order for the first time in over three months. First City Court handles the majority of evictions on the east bank of New Orleans, while Second City Court handles the majority of those on the west bank.

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The ACLU of Louisiana, with the help of private for-profit law firms and law school legal clinics, plans to “unleash a wave” of litigation across the state to combat racially discriminatory policing.

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Until recently, when judges set bail amounts in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, the amount they set was directly tied to the amount of money they could potentially collect to fund court operations — things like paying their staff, purchasing supplies and travel expenses. The same was true of fines and fees they imposed after a defendant was convicted. A portion of both commercial bond fees and conviction fees were deposited into a Judicial Expense Fund, which the judges controlled. That was all dictated by state law.

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